Chargers "special" season continues

Special teams played a significant role in Sunday night's game between the San Diego Chargers and Kansas City Chiefs. In fact, it played a big part in all but one score. And then there was LaDainian Tomlinson – again.

It was a fake punt that set things up for the Chargers on their opening possession.

On fourth-and-six from San Diego's 23, up-back Michael Turner received the snap and took off around the right side, gaining 25 yards. LaDainian Tomlinson did the rest. Three runs of ten-plus yards, including his 30th touchdown of the year on a 15-yard scamper gave San Diego a 7-0 lead and Tomlinson another record. The Pro Bowl back surpassed Paul Hornung (176) for the most points in NFL history in a single season; the score gave him 180 points.

Kansas City converted a second quarter Philip Rivers interception into a 45-yard Lawrence Tynes field goal.

After Mike Scifres has a second quarter punt blocked and San Diego retained possession on a heads up play from David Binn, Tomlinson took the ball off left tackle and scored on the longest touchdown run of his career – 85-yards – to put the Bolts up 14-3.

Tynes connected from 52-yards late in the third quarter and a 58-yard return by Michael Turner on the ensuing kickoff setup a 30-yard field goal from Nate Kaeding.

Glenn Wesley turned the tide with the Chiefs second interception of Rivers midway through the fourth quarter. Down 17-6, Kansas City drove down to the San Diego seven before settling for another Tynes field goal.

Fifty-four minutes into the game, Rivers had 51 yards passing. Behind the strong running game of Tomlinson, the Chargers called play-action-pass and Rivers hit a wide open Vincent Jackson for a 46 yard completion. It led to a Kaeding field goal, providing the final margin of victory, 20-9 .

Tomlinson's night ended with 199 yards rushing, one shy of netting the fifth 200-yard game of his career. Only O.J. Simpson has more 200-yard games.


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